Lifelong Catechesis

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April 23, 2024


Forty days before the Triduum, the Lenten season disposes Catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery through prayer and penitential practices.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Reading I : Matthew 21:1-11 (Procession with palms) | Isaiah 50:4-7

This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth. (Procession with palms) | The Lord God is my help.

  • The reading from Isaiah is part of the third Servant Song.
  • The song communicates the servant’s belief that, no matter how cruel or indifferent people are, God’s justice will prevail.
  • Suffering is never an end in itself.

Reading II : Philippians 2:6-11

Your attitude must be Christ’s.

  • Paul’s letter to the Philippians was written while Paul was in prison in Rome.
  • Despite being imprisoned, Paul expresses confidence and joy in the Lord.
  • Paul stresses that our salvation is Jesus’ kenosis, the Greek word for Jesus’ “emptying” of himself from glory.

Gospel : Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54

The passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • The Passion Narrative is among the earliest traditions to be handed down in written form.
  • In Matthew’s passion account, all the events proceed according to God’s will as revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures.
  • Jesus, the servant and Son of God, has poured himself out to overcome humanity's separation from God.